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Contact: Francis Reddy
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Preferred Model for Explaining ALMA Observations of Beta Pictoris

Caption: This artist's concept illustrates the preferred model for explaining ALMA observations of Beta Pictoris. At the outer fringes of the system, the gravitational influence of a hypothetical giant planet (bottom left) captures comets into a dense, massive swarm (right) where frequent collisions occur.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/F. Reddy

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